Blue Sky is proud of Cam Neely’s work away from the Bruins:

Donor Honors Cam Neely and Celebrates Stanley Cup by Establishing Myeloma Research Fund at Tufts Medical Center with Million Dollar Gift

August, 2011: The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center are honored to establish the Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund, created through the generosity of Rhode Island resident John Davis. Mr. Davis made his gift in recognition of the great philanthropic spirit of Cam Neely, President of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, on behalf of patients with cancer. Mr. Davis established the Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund with a charitable gift of $1,050,000 upon the occasion of the Boston Bruins 2011 win of the Stanley Cup and his personal pride in Cam Neely for his achievements as President of the Boston Bruins.

“I can think of no better way to match my admiration for Cam Neely’s success with the Bruins with our mutual desire to improve the lives of cancer patients,” says the 67-year-old Davis. “As a multiple myeloma patient myself, I know how important every research dollar is.  The new Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund embodies the hope we all have for a cancer-free future. The Neely Foundation, the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center and our new research initiative make an unbeatable team.”

The mission of the new Cam Neely and John Davis Myeloma Fund is to support efforts pertaining to the study and treatment of multiple myeloma and closely related disorders with the purpose of significantly improving outcomes, treatments and quality of life for patients, while working toward the ultimate goal of finding a cure. Emphasis will be placed on the activities of strongest promise, including translational (bench to bedside) research; clinical research; and the development of Phase I trials, which involve the initial offering to patients of new high potential therapies. Dr. Raymond Comenzo, Director of the Blood Bank and Stem Cell Processing Laboratory at Tufts Medical Center, who is recognized for his leadership in the treatment and research of multiple myeloma, will lead the research, along with Richard Van Etten, MD, PhD, Director of the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center.

“For medical researchers, the impact of this type of gift cannot be overstated. We really could not succeed without the involvement of visionaries like John Davis and Cam Neely. Their support of our work could literally mean the difference between life and death for patients in the future. We cannot thank them enough,” says Dr. Comenzo.

The clinical trials activities of the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center are based in The Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research, a facility that was generously funded by The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care in 2002. Throughout its 16-year partnership with the Medical Center, the foundation established by  Boston Bruins legend and National Hockey League Hall-of-Famer Cam Neely and his siblings Scott, Christine, and Shaun, has raised nearly $25 million to support initiatives including The Neely House for families and cancer patients, The Neely Center for Clinical Cancer Research, The Neely Cell Therapy and Collection Center, The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and The Neely Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

This year, the Neely Foundation dedicated The Michael Neely Neuroscience Center, a state-of-the-art, patient and family-focused neurocritical care unit that is a cornerstone of The Michael Neely Center for Brain Tumor Care and Research. The entire initiative is funded by The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care’s largest, single philanthropic commitment to date: $5 million to Tufts Medical Center.

“For us, supporting the Cancer Center and Tufts Medical Center has been incredibly rewarding over a more than sixteen years,” says Neely. “It has given us a wonderful way to honor our parents’ memories and to help thousands of cancer patients.  I am truly honored that John has joined us in our efforts to work toward eliminating the scourge of cancer.”

Neely just returned to Boston from a visit to his hometown of Maple Ridge, British Columbia where he was visiting with the Stanley Cup. “To come back to news of this gift has been the icing on the cake.  Hockey and fighting cancer are two well-known passions of mine and I am so grateful for John’s gift.”

Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center are forever indebted to Cam Neely for his vision and the wonderful success he has achieved on behalf of patients with cancer and to John Davis for his great concern for patients with multiple myeloma and the extraordinary generosity that accompanies his concern.

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One Response to “Blue Sky is proud of Cam Neely’s work away from the Bruins:”

  1. Patrice Marie Grace Says:

    Congratualtions to Tufts Medical–for receiving a constant flow of $$$–“BLESSINGS” for research! Our family has been more than blessed by the research of Dr. Raymond Comenzo,and the other gifted physicians in his circle! Multiple Myeloma has become a “chronic”,and “manageable disease”– for more than a handful of lucky patients! Truly…,Let’s spread the amazing wealth thats out there–towards more “legitimate” research efforts!

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